“. . . For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7

Jamie Carte Ministries, (J.C.M.)

P. O. Box 120, Hico, WV 25854, (304) 658-4720, www.jamiecarte.org

“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].” Mark 16:15 (AMPC)

 You Can't Take The Land Without This!
 
 
 
 
       I want to open this Teaching with something that is very personal, close and has been very intimate to Dewayne and me for quite some time now.  As many of you know by now by reading your Monthly Teaching Letters, that The Lord has instructed Dewayne and I to be a part of a Mission of building two Campuses for Him.  The Master has spoke to us several times the word, “Mahanaim” which means Two Camps or Two Armies.  The Campuses will have many forms of Ministry on them, Discipleship, Training, Services from within and Services going out.  On the Campuses will also be a Church for gathering on each one.  We have been on a journey with The Lord over these last Months and there is so much more that He has spoken to us about this Mission.  I can write to you that in the natural IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DO THIS.  And as my sweet Dewayne says, “This is where the rubber meets the road.”  What and Who are we going to believe?  Are we willing to do what is being asked of us?  Will we SURRENDER ALL OR NOT?  Will we reason out what we have been asked to do or just obey?
  

       Dewayne and I are debt free.  With the Help and Wisdom of The Lord and with working very hard and sacrificing we became debt free April 20, 2007 and have by God’s Grace stayed debt free.  This of course, includes our home in West Virginia.  And with God’s Strength and Courage we are going to do what The Lord has asked of us to do and that is Luke 14:33 and Mark 10:29-30.

 

So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 (AMPC)

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.”

Mark 10:29-30 (NLT)

 
       We are selling our home and land and will use the money to buy, build and further the Mahanaim Mission that has been asked of us.  Our home is now up for sale.  And we are standing on what Mark 10:29-30 tells us, that anyone who gives up for His “sake and for the Good News,” will receive a hundred times of what they are sowing for, “now in return.”  We will build God His Places debt free in Jesus Name!  We know that what we will receive by selling our home and land will not be in any way enough to complete the Mahanaim Mission.  Yet, it will be the most precious Seed we could give.  It’s truly everything that we have.  (It is so very humbling to write this to you. Just being transparent, I’m finding it hard to type this through the tears.)  And this Seed will be what The Mahanaim Mission will be built upon.
 
       Why tell you all of this?  Well, because Dewayne and I want to be very real people.  We want you to know that we have had to and are walking through very hard things too.  And we want you to know that we have to believe by faith and trust The Lord daily and minute by minute . . . just like you.  We ask that you would please pray for us.  We are asking for the prayers of our Partners and Friends of Jamie Carte Ministries and prayers from The People of God.  Thank you for that.  I will be giving you updates on what God is doing as they happen.  And with all of that, that brings me to this Month’s Teaching and to what Dewayne and I and YOU are needing so very much!  Let’s get into The Word of our Precious Lord!  
 

Going Back To The

Obstacle Course

 
 
 

       Beloved, it is SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THIS TEACHING TO THE END.  It will answer some very important things that We as The Church need to know.  It’s more important than what you may think right now.  Hallelujah!  Last Month, I shared with you about a dream that I had from The Lord that was not just for me, it was and is for the Body of Christ.  Even if you read it last Month, I am asking that you reread it this Month also, for The Master wants to share something even deeper.

 
  
 
 

On 01 February 2018 while in North Carolina, I was dreaming that I was on an Obstacle Course.  This Obstacle Course was one that had only on it things hanging from a ceiling.  The object of this Obstacle Course was for me to swing from one obstacle hanging over my head to another.  All of it was overhead; none of it was on the ground.  I was holding on from above to the “Obstacle” and hanging in air with my arms over my head.  I kept thinking as I hung by my arms and not touching the ground that I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE GREAT STRENGTH to do this.  I began to swing from one obstacle to the other.  I would have to swing out with one arm and catch the next “obstacle,” let go of the one I had and with all my strength swing to the other and then grab hold to that next “Obstacle” as I let go of the one before.  At first IT WAS OVERWHELMING AND IT WAS DISCOURAGING FOR ME in my dream.  I would look ahead at all of the hanging “obstacles” that I had yet to get to and HOW MUCH STRENGTH it was going to take!  It was a long line of “obstacles” as far as I could see.  After the first few I kept thinking, “THIS IS SO HARD, AM I GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS?”

I then woke up. Fully awake, I was lying on my left side and found myself in a state of being that I can only describe to you as A Place of ABSOLUTE PERFECT and COMPLETE PEACE.  I was fully awake and was in a STATE OF PEACE that I did not know, NOR HAD I EVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE.  I laid there and kept asking myself, “What is this that I am feeling?”  “I am so peaceful!” . . . . .

I then went back to sleep after being fully awake and went right back to the same dream and Obstacle Course and swinging from one "Obstacle" to another and in it again, I soared and enjoyed the course this time completely.  I woke again in a STATE OF COMPLETE PEACE THAT I HAD NEVER KNOWN AND I STAYED THERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME while lying there awake.  I told Dewayne of the dream and tried to explain the PLACE OF PEACE that I was in even while telling him of everything.  The Peace was extraordinary!  I found it hard to describe to him what I was experiencing for the first time in my life.  I stayed in that State and Place of Peace for approximately 30 minutes.  I wanted to not leave that Place.  It seemed to linger away the more my morning proceeded.

        As I stated last Month that when I began to search out the interpretation of the dream I found that an obstacle course “is a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual or team must navigate usually while being timed.”  Obstacle Courses can include elements with the aim of testing speed and endurance. 
 
           Sometimes a course involves mental testsAnd that dreaming about an Obstacle Course is a sign that you are about to have to navigate through a series of real-life obstacles in your waking life.  “Obstacle courses are representative of a series of obstacles that will test us in ways that we have never been tested and will take all of our strength, cunning and perseverance to overcome.  In general an Obstacle Course is not only a test, but an achievement that results in you becoming a better person for it.  It is akin to walking through the fire of opposition and coming out on the other side reborn and stronger than ever.”
      
 
 
 
       And, ALL THE OBSTACLES WERE OVER MY HEAD!  The definition of OVER MY HEAD is to be or become involved in a situation in which you do not have the necessary skills, knowledge or money to succeedWith looking at what is happening RIGHT NOW in our lives and what is ahead of Dewayne and I and The Mahanaim Mission, I can definitely SEE that The Lord wants me to learn HOW TO SOAR IN THE MIDST OF OBSTACLES!  And Beloved of God that is what He wants you to know how to do also!  THE ONE IMPORTANT FACTOR OF WHAT GOD IS TELLING US IS NOT THAT THE OBSTACLES ARE HARD, BUT THAT PEACE IS WHAT WILL GET US THROUGH THEM AND BE VICTORIOUS IN THEM and PAST THEM PEACE is HOW TO GET The Answer to EVERY QUESTION we will ever have in the midst of an Obstacle in our Life!  And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 (AMPC)  Yet, The Bible tells us this IMPORTANT TRUTH!
 

IF I HAVE A PEACE PROBLEM,

I HAVE A TRUST PROBLEM!

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV) (English Standard Version)

 
 
 
       To soar through the obstacles ahead in our lives, we must keep ourselves in a Place of PEACE.  In order to stay in that Place of PEACE you and I must TRUST IN GOD and HIS WORD on a continual basis.  We do this by keeping our minds “stayed on” God and His Word.  When an “Obstacle” arises, we go to The Word of God, find what God says about the “Obstacle” that has come up in our lives and we BELIEVE and TRUST IN what God says about what is going on.  Not what it looks like, feels like, smells like or seems like.  We decide to TRUST GOD and WHAT HE HAS SAID, not what it seems in the natural.  We Believe The Report of The Lord!  No matter what, WE BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS, WE SAY WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT IT and YOU DON’T GIVE UP ON WHAT HE SAYS!  When you and I are doing this, what is it?  It’s TRUST.  We keep our minds stayed on what God says (ON HIM) and that keeps us in The Place of PEACE because we TRUST in HIM.
 
       As soon as you and I start to realize that we are not in PEACE, know that we have been listening to or letting ourselves think on things that are NOT WHAT GOD HAS SAID about our “obstacle.”  We’ve begun to think on and keep thinking on and meditating on what the devil is saying to us about our “obstacle.”  We’ve begun to reason the situation out, work it out on our own “strength” and we’re trying to figure it out on our own.  And when these things are happening, we’ve allowed ourselves to STEP OUT OF PEACE about the “obstacle.”  Which means, we’ve STEPPED OUT OF OUR TRUST IN what God has said about the “obstacle.”  According to Isaiah 26:3-4, if my mind is not stayed on what God has said, then I am not in the PLACE of Perfect Peace because I am not trusting The Lord.
 
 
 
       Isaiah 26:3-4 has to do with the mind, doesn’t it?  “Whose mind is stayed,” is the action that is required of us to “keep in perfect peace.”  WE are in control of what we continually THINK ON.  God wonderfully gave us all a free will to operate in here on Earth.  So, WE ARE IN CHARGE OF WHAT WE CHOOSE TO THINK ON.  Most of us would say, Of course, I trust in The Lord.”  Yet, when we really look at what God’s measurement is, we can see that TRUST HAS TO BE IN WHAT WE ARE THINKING and on WHAT WE CONTINUALLY ALLOW OUR MINDS TO STAY ON.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) tells us, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths.”  Let PEACE be your Umpire as you TRUST HIM in all your ways, set your mind on Him and His Word and DON’T TRY TO LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING!  Really hear this with your spiritual ears, Beloved!  You and I don’t have to figure it out . . . we listen in the Place of PEACE, which is TRUST and obey what we are told to do.  It’s already been “figured out” by The One Who Loves us more than we can imagine.  And, His Ways and Decisions are CORRECT.  He won’t miss it!  PEACE=TRUST
 

 PEACE Is So   POWERFUL

 
 
 

       There was something that I desperately needed in that dream to get through all those “obstacles” that was “over my head” and that was STRENGTH!  I kept thinking to myself as I was swinging from obstacle to obstacle that I would have to have A LOT OF STRENGTH TO COMPLETE the course that was set before me.  Hear this also with your spiritual ears, Beloved!  You and I are going to need GREAT STRENGTH to run our Course and swing from one “Obstacle” in our lives to the next in these Last Days.  And what God was revealing in the dream was that STRENGTH was in A PLACE!  My STRENGTH and your STRENGTH is found in A Place . . . and that Place IS CALLED . . . PEACE!  

 
"Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you  courage and STRENGTH for every CHALLENGE."               John 14:27 (AMP)
 
 
 
 
       We talked about this in length last Month and that is that we have been given Jesus’ VERY OWN PEACE!  So, if we are Born Again we have HIS PEACE!  We are supposed to be utilizing and operating in it!  If we are not in His PEACE, The Bible tells us that we are the ones that are allowing that to happen.  If you are Born Again, you have PEACE.  You have THE PEACE!  You have The PEACE that was operating when Jesus would be in the middle of a Public Meeting and would be interrupted by the Religious Leaders that were trying to trick Him.  If Born Again, you have The PEACE that was operating when Jesus was being mocked, spit upon, beaten, flogged, thorns being driven in His Head, carrying a cross and literally nailed onto it by His Hands and Feet to be hung on a “tree” to cancel the curses off of us!  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” Galatians 3:13 (KJV)  THAT IS THE PEACE THAT YOU AND I HAVE, Bride of ChristIf we are “troubled” in any way and not in PEACE, we are letting it happen.  And Jesus told us in John 14:27, “DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED!”  Jesus was not suggesting that we should not get out of His PEACE, He was telling us or commanding us not to.  Again, this is NOT a suggestion from The Master, it is a commandment from our Commander in Chief!
 
       We also see in John 14:27 that there is something else that we receive when we are operating in The PEACE of Jesus that we have and that is that His “Perfect Peace” gives us “STRENGTH FOR EVERY CHALLENGE.”  So, very clearly we can see that,
  
PEACE Gives Us STRENGTH!
    
       If we need STRENGTH we have to get STRENGTH with The Way (Jesus) has set it up for us to obtain STRENGTH with . . . AND HOW WE GAIN STRENGTH . . . IS THROUGH STAYING IN PEACE!  In the dream The Lord is telling us that WE WILL NEED STRENGTH for the “OBSTACLES” that are ahead of us in these Last Days!  The Way to gain STRENGTH IS THROUGH THE PLACE OF PEACE!  And we are in charge whether we are in PEACE or NOT!  It’s what we “LET” happen in ourselves!  
 
 
 
       Going back to John 14:27 again, it says, “Let My perfect peace . . . give you courage and strength for every challenge.”  Another way to say “challenge” is “obstacle.”  Which is what I was on in the dream, an “Obstacle Course” and this is being used to tell us all in The Church a Message from The Lord.  PEACE will GIVE us STRENGTH and COURAGE for the “CHALLENGES” or “OBSTACLES” that are to come and the “CHALLENGES” or “OBSTACLES” that are “hanging over our heads.”   Remember, it was found that dreaming about being on an “Obstacle Course” means a series of challenging physical obstacles an individual or team must navigate usually while being timed.  Sometimes a course involves mental testsAnd that dreaming about an Obstacle Course is a sign that you are about to have to have to navigate through a series of real-life obstacles in your waking life.  “Obstacle courses are representative of a series of obstacles that will test us in ways that we have never been tested and will take all of our strength, cunning and perseverance to overcome.  John 14:27 is the KEY to receiving GREAT STRENGTH from The Lord for “every challenge” we are facing or will face.  PEACE GIVES YOU STRENGTH FOR EVERY CHALLENGE! (John 14:27)  And yet, there is more!
 

COURAGE WILL BE NEEDED!

 

        The second thing that The Word of God tells us that PEACE “gives” us is COURAGE!  Let’s look at John 14:27 again.  Let this Truth get down in your heart.
 

Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you COURAGE and STRENGTH for every CHALLENGE.]” John 14:27 (AMP)

 

 
 
        There is someone in The Word that stands out to me so much and that is Joshua.  He and Caleb were sent out with other “Spies” or “Leaders” to go and check out the Land that God had said was the Israelites.  Joshua and Caleb were the only ones out of the “Leaders” sent out that stood on what God said about the Land that God said they were to take from those who had possession of it.  Joshua and Caleb ALSO SEEN what everyone else seen in the natural.  All the “Leaders” saw Giants in the Land that God told the Israelites to take.  And they all seen that the Land was good, bountiful, lush and as God said, flowing with milk and honey.  The Land was wonderful!  Even the food that was grown on the Land was HUGE. (Numbers 13)  Ten (10) of the “Leaders” spread a bad report about what they saw when they visited the Land that God had given them.  Joshua and Caleb only TRUSTED WHAT GOD SAID and did not trust what they saw in the natural.  Joshua and Caleb told the people, "Let's go at once to take the land, he said. "We can certainly conquer it" Numbers 13:30 (NLT)
 
 
      
        Then we know that the Israelites believed the ones that gave a bad report and starting weeping and came against Moses and Aaron and that they plotted to remove them from their positions of Leadership and decided they wanted to go back to Egypt that God had rescued them from!  Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb all fell face down on the ground before the People and tore their clothes and pleaded with the Israelites that God said He would give them the Land and that He would give them STRENGTH to take it from the people of the Land and the Giants. (Numbers 14)  Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Numbers 14:9 (NLT)  But the Israelite People refused to listen.  Father God decided that due to their rebellion against God and His Promises, that the present Generation that was rebelling would not go into The Promised Land and when that Generation died off, their children that was 20 years old and younger and Joshua and Caleb would be the only ones that would enter the Land. (Numbers 14)
 
       Joshua and Caleb witness many years pass and see many people die in the wilderness, until all that is left is them, their families and all who were 19 years of age and below!  WOW!  Joshua then takes on the Leadership of this new Army and New Generation of People who God is NOW going to use to take the Land Promised by God.  And what Father God tells the New Leader is found in the Book of Joshua over and over.  "Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left . . . . 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged." (Joshua 1:6-9 (NLT)